Auring september 2007, many of us in the newschoolers community were aware of the ground-breaking event of what has been dubbed "IF3". As someone who attended the event, I can still only think back and recall it as the best three days of my life. Returning to my laptop on Sunday, ns was flooded with the infamous rants and threads about the behaviors of various athletes during the weekend. Though I can honestly say that a good chunk of the people there were under some kind of influence, I still don't think it's fair to call the athletes out for going out on a Friday or Saturday night like tke rest of us.
Baker, I think your post is missing the fact of how important this event is to the skiing industry. I'm not talking about the Bode-buffs, yet referring to the countless kids, some of whom haven't even hit the double digits, who are out there by 9 on snowdays, the ones who devote every waking second to thinking about the next time they buckle in. Sure, there's alot more to the skiing community that the tweens on twintips, but they are the ones who are buying the products, attending the events, and hopefully improving the sport as we all age. (Hello?? White and snowboarding? thankyouu)
As to there being "10,000" threads on this? Well then, I applaud the 10,000 people who created them. I applaud the notion that there are people out there, beside myself, who hope to see the industry progress and succeed into a recognized athletic event of skill, innovation, and bravery. I think that if we recognize events such as curling as that of an Olympian, than the likes of Dumont and Hall, defying gravity in inventive feats, are to be recognized as Olympians as well.
I find your defeatist attitude worrisome. "It can never happen". How many times have people said to you "it can never happen"? How many times has it been said in society? You can't reach the moon, the Red Sox can't win the series, you can't ski backwards? I think all of those things have been dubbed as impossible... but I can assure you they've all been done. Your defense about the athletes is a pathetic one. I'll be the first to say it. How many times has Barry Bonds been attacked by the vultures of the press about his alleged steroid use? Countless. Is he still hitting homers? Yes, he is. How many times do these athletes have the opportunity to prove themselves as the best in the world? To represent their country as the excellors in their field? The chances are few. If you think that an athlete would sit pondering the idea of holding a joint or beer in his hand over a gold medal, and choose the former-- then you are sadly mistake at what it is to be a devout skier. It's about improving the sport, improving the skills, and most importantly, improving yourself. To say that "it can never happen" and back it up with such a sad excuse, is by all means, unacceptable.
(my apologies for the rant)
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